In the early 1700s, Ocracoke Island, located at the tip of North Carolina’s Outer Banks, was the home of the infamous pirate Blackbeard. His two-year reign of terror came to an end in 1718 when the British attacked and killed him in Ocracoke Bay. The British scuttled Blackbeard’s ship Adventure, but his legendary treasure was never found.
In the spring of 1942, German U-boat U-402 fired two torpedoes that hit and sank the Russian ship Saratov, which carried a hidden footlocker of gold meant to pay the U.S. for war supplies.
More than half a century later, Snail Cali and his family are enjoying an evening at home when a huge man with a flowing beard barges into their house threatening them and demanding that they find his treasure. Later that night, Snail’s mother, sisters, girlfriend, and godmother are kidnapped. Snail, along with his father Carmine, friend Tommy Osawa, and NCIS Special Agent Moki Loo Tsing frantically search for the women. Their only clue is a poetic riddle left as a phone message by the mysterious bearded man.